Flexible Work Arrangements Keep Employees Happy

January 15, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - If employers want to put a sure smile on their workers' faces, instituting flexible work arrangements would be a good place to start.

A news release from LifeCare, a specialty care service provider, reported that its poll found 49% claimed flex arrangements/part-time work are most critical to their being happy and productive at work.

The next closest response was health and wellness programs (15%), followed by new training/learning capabilities (13%), temporary assignments (5%) and retirement planning (3%). Another 15% cited other important benefits including access to fitness facilities and gym memberships, college tuition assistance, retiree benefits, relocation assistance, and incentive programs.

“Without question, work/life balance is a priority for workers today, and many of them are pointing to flex time as a solution,” said LifeCare CEO Peter G. Burki, in the announcement.

LifeCare took the poll during December on its Web site among the employees of its 1,500 client organizations.